**Wabash Express, April 23, 1856; page 2, column 1**
“The Secret Out”
Upon accepting the nomination for Mayor, Chambers Patterson declared that as a life-long democrat he was proud to “defeat this beautiful Whig City.” The Wabash Express was founded in 1842 by a prominent Whig citizen, Thomas Dowling. The Wabash Express admonished Patterson to tread lightly lest he “rouse the sleeping lion,” evidently an allusion to the Whig Party. Patterson would still win the primary and the election in the second to last mayoral election before the Civil War. James Buchanan, likewise a Democrat, defeated the Whig nominee Millard Fillmore in the Presidential election that year.